Hamburg is a city that represents one of sixteen Lands of Germany. The city is located on the bank of the Elba River near the Northern Sea. Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany after Berlin and the seventh largest city in whole European Union. Moreover, this is the most populated city of Europe that is not a capital. In 2008 the population of Hamburg estimated 1 773 218 people. Besides its own flag and emblem Hamburg has its own hymn. This is very rare for cities.
Hamburg is a large transportation junction, a sea and a river port. There is also an airport on the territory on the city. Hamburg is a center of machine building, printing and textile industries. Here are also headquartered the publishing houses of famous newspapers Stern and Spiegel. Moreover, here are located main offices of numerous banks, insurance companies and other commercial organizations.
A huge part of ancient buildings in Hamburg was destroyed during war, but the main sight and the symbol of the city – Michelle Tower of St Michael Church that is 132 m high – was almost not affected.
The city is divided into Old and New Hamburg by Alsterfleet Channel. Above the channel is built Trostbrücke Bridge that is among those rare facilities that have managed to survive in a fire in 1842. This bridge features panoramic views of all main sights in Hamburg that always attract visitors by their interesting architectural designs. Among these sights are also Town Hall, the oldest Exchange in Germany and the remains of St Nicolas church destroyed during bombings. Today these remains are considered an anti-war memorial. No need to say there are many museums, theatres, and libraries in Hamburg.
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